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7:55 PM ET, September 17, 2011

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Associated Press:
Kara Kennedy, senator's daughter, dies of heart attack  —  WASHINGTON — Kara Kennedy, the oldest child of the late Sen. Edward Kennedy, died at a Washington-area health club, her brother said Saturday.  She was 51.  —  Patrick Kennedy, a former congressman from Rhode Island, said his sister died Friday.
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Kirk Semple / New York Times:
Eleanor Mondale, Daughter of Former Vice President, Dies at 51  —  Eleanor Mondale Poling, a former television and radio personality and the daughter of former Vice President Walter F. Mondale, died early Saturday at her home in Prior Lake, Minn. She was 51.
CBS News:
Kara Kennedy, daughter of Teddy, dies  —  Kara Kennedy accepts the Medal of Freedom on behalf of her father, Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House August 12, 2009 in Washington, D.C. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Discussion: American Power
CBS News:
House GOP rejects Obama jobs proposals  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders say they are rejecting President Barack Obama's jobs proposals to rebuild schools and blighted neighborhoods, and help keep state and local employees on the job.  —  In a memo to GOP lawmakers that was also issued publicly …
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Jennifer Steinhauer / New York Times:
House G.O.P. Leaders Find Some Things to Like About Obama's Jobs Plan  —  WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders rejected some main elements of President Obama's jobs plan on Friday but told their rank-and-file members that they would support other components.
Alicia M. Cohn / The Hill:
Obama asks Americans to read, judge his jobs plan for themselves
Jackie Calmes / New York Times:
Obama Tax Plan Would Ask More of Millionaires  —  WASHINGTON — President Obama on Monday will call for a new minimum tax rate for individuals making more than $1 million a year to ensure that they pay at least the same percentage of their earnings as middle-income taxpayers, according to administration officials.
John Kass / Chicago Tribune:
Obama's Solyndra scandal reeks of the Chicago Way  —  Those of us from Chicago know exactly what the Solyndra scandal smells like.  And It doesn't smell fresh and green.  —  The Solyndra scandal cost at least a half-billion public dollars.  It is plaguing President Barack Obama.
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Matthew Daly / Associated Press:
Obama admin reworked Solyndra loan to favor donor  —  WASHINGTON — The Obama administration restructured a half-billion dollar federal loan to a troubled solar energy company in such a way that private investors — including a fundraiser for President Barack Obama — moved ahead of taxpayers …
Kathleen Parker / Washington Post:
Smart money betting on stupid politicians  —  Are Republicans stupid?  —  This seems to be the question du jour.  Chris Matthews entertained this idea with guests recently, pointing to several Republican presidential candidates as evidence.  How else to explain why so many in the GOP seem proud …
Kate Zernike / New York Times:
Constitution Has Its Day Amid a Struggle for Its Spirit  —  In the 100 years since Constitution Day was first established, most Americans have lumped it with holidays like Grandparents' Day and Administrative Assistants' day — a noble cause, lightly observed.
Jamie Klatell / The Hill:
Bachmann makes health claims about HPV vaccine not ‘speaking as a doctor’  —  Asked about her stance against mandatory vaccinations against the human papillomavirus (HPV), Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) said Friday that “it's something that could have dangerous side effects.”
Discussion: CNN
Ezra Klein / Washington Post:
A weak argument against the stimulus  —  Reuters' conservative economics columnist James Pethokoukis is a good read — both at his blog and on his Twitter account — so I was looking forward to his longer take on whether President Obama made the recession worse.  I was also, more selfishly, looking for ideas.
Discussion: Mother Jones
Katie Pavlich / Townhall.com:
Katie Pavlich So, a Grenade and Rocket Launcher Found Near Rio Grande  —  From Fronton, Texas:  —  U. S. Border Patrol agents seized six assault rifles, one rocket launcher, a grenade launcher, and three packages of what appeared to be C-4 explosives Tuesday near the Rio Grande.
Discussion: RedState, Big Government and Doug Ross
msnbc.com:
US taxpayers could be on hook for Europe bailout  —  The U.S. is coming to Europe's financial rescue.  —  So far, America's role is fairly limited.  But if the crisis continues to grow and the U.S. takes on a wider role, U.S. consumers and taxpayers could feel a bigger impact.
Discussion: Don Surber and Hot Air
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